A 16-year-old student might face charges, after a small amount of marijuana was found in his vehicle during a proactive K-9 search of the school this morning.
Commander Frank Demers said the search started around 8 a.m. and ended about two hours later. Nine K-9 units from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department went through the building and parking lot on Shiawassee, just west of Orchard Lake.
Principal Julie Kaminski sent out a list serv message to parents at 10:45 a.m., explaining the search was conducted as part of an "ongoing effort to ensure a safe and successful learning environment at Farmington High School".
Demers said the marijuana – he estimated its weight at about a gram – has been placed in evidence. The student was turned over to his parents.
"The case probably will be presented before Family Court in Oakland County," Demers said.
Farmington Public Safety, in coordination with the sheriff's department, conducts the searches "at least once a year at the request of the school," Demers said.
In her email to parents, Kaminski wrote, "This is not meant to imply that we have a problem with illegal substances at Farmington High School but to display to staff, students, and parents that we are serious about providing a safe and healthy school environment."
Classes went on as usual during the search, she added.
A at in January also netted a small amount of marijuana from a car in the school parking lot. It also set off some controversy as students turned to social media to express their displeasure with how the search was handled.